Having faced a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) hearing last week on charges that he performed non-union work during the recent commercial strike, golf star Tiger Woods has agreed to fork over as much as $50,000 to the actors union, as reported by various sources.
Meanwhile, actress, model and producer Elizabeth Hurley, who faces similar guild charges has requested an extension on her original hearing date. A SAG source confirmed that Hurley had a hearing date set and that “an extension was requested and granted.”
SAG is being tight-lipped about the disciplinary procedures, but Woods was reported to have been fined $100,000, which was allegedly negotiated down to $50,000. At this point, the union is not commenting on the hearings other than to confirm Hurley’s recent extension.
Woods allegedly crossed the strike line and did a Buick commercial for a recent General Motors television spot that aired during the Olympics. SAG had been trying to get Woods’ direct participation because the unions’ member-based trial boards “always want to hear from the member” to see what they have to say and to understand their reasoning. “It’s always better to hear it from the member than through an intermediary,” SAG’s Greg Krizman told Playbill On-Line last week.
Krizman has said the guild doesn’t generally release the results of trial boards, but he did confirm that three SAG members had been found “guilty” of charges stemming from their actions during the 2000 commercial strike. “They have received combination of financial penalties and volunteer service hours, as well as the suspension of rights and privileges of membership for a time,” Krizman said. SAG members can, in “worst case scenarios,” be expelled from the union, Krizman said. -- By Murdoch McBride